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The resolution arose from the increasing awareness that corruption in politics as a problem of transnational significance.
The resolution contains many innovative provisions emphasizing the importance of awareness against political corruption as according to the resolution “disrupts people’s belief in their government and trust in institutions”. It also calls upon countries to strengthen legislation to protect ‘whistle-blowers’.
Moreover the resolutions provision on the “Annual Academic Convention for Anti-Corruption”, the first of which will be funded and hosted by Japan, a sponsor of the resolution offers an increase in the much needed level of civil participation.
The most disappointing aspect of the resolution however is the matters in which it remains relatively silent on. The failure to incorporate a robust implementation mechanism or improve the existing one and its noncommittal legal language may prevent it from having a real impact on corrupt behavior in politics.
It was evident throughout the debates that the committee struggled with tensions of domestic sovereignty. It is clear that this was translated into the resolution. Whether the resolution really holds ‘teeth’ was one questioned by the delegation of Israel who questioned its vagueness and expressed a “need to go deeper”.
The delegation of Iran proposed to continue the debate under a new mandate in future and stated that the committee was simple not “mature enough” at this time. This deferral of hard revisions for another day was reinforced in Article 15 of the resolution which states “Decides to remain seized on the matter”.
With the UNODC in current talks on ‘Transnational Organized Crime: Money-Laundering and Tax Haven’, this reporter hopes not to see nations advance from the safety of the side-lines.
Zeeshan Panjwani, Chair of UNODC
Mar and I have the privilege to act as the Committee Directors of UNODC Committee at C’MUN 2014. Our initial look at the committee was a bit hazy but we are very proud of the progress that we have made since our fi rst session. We have discussed ideas which can be, and are implemented. Ideas to increase awareness about corruption have received quite a lot of attention during discussions. One of the points in Resolution that we passed on “Corruption in Politics” was issuing a “zero value” notes to combat bribery. The idea of protecting the “whistle blower” was also heavily highlighted. Overall, we are pleased that the committee is moving in the right direction. Our delegates have been top of their game and we expect them to continue and improve more. We hope that we have done them justice and will continue to act as their Committee Directors that they deserve.
This article was published in The Clarion, the official newspaper of CMUN , the Model United Nations of Barcelona. Read the other articles:
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